Janse van Rensburg says goodbye to Lions
Cape Town - English club Sale Sharks on Tuesday announced the signing of Lions and Springbok centre Rohan Janse van Rensburg.
Sale announced on their official website that Janse van Rensburg signed a three-year deal and would join them with immediate effect.
“Both clubs have agreed that Rohan can join Sale Sharks on a permanent basis after his successful loan spell with the club during the 2017/18 season. The player is contracted until November 2018 however the Lions have agreed to release him five months early,” Sale said in a statement.
The 23-year-old, who boasts a solitary Test cap for the Springboks, began his professional career with the Blue Bulls in 2013, making seven appearances and scoring four tries before moving to the Lions where he was a key figure in their Currie Cup campaigns.
A breakthrough season in 2016 saw him cross the line 10 times in just 17 games which drew the attention of the rugby world and, in particular, Sale’s Director of Rugby Steve Diamond.
Arriving at Sale in November on a short-term contract as cover for the injured Johnny Leota and Will Addison, Janse van Rensburg made an instant impact, scoring three tries in eight games.
On his return to South Africa he was quickly slotted into the Lions starting XV for the Super Rugby season, showing his versatility and power, playing on the wing before being sidelined with an ankle injury vs the Stormers in May.
Janse van Rensburg will be released from his Super Rugby contract to join up with Sale Sharks for pre-season in advance of the 2018/19 Premiership campaign.
"I am delighted to have secured the services of Rohan for the next three years. He made a huge impact when he joined midway through last season and is another building block in our desire to be a top four team,” Diamond said.
The midfielder admitted the chance to link up with Sale and close friend Faf de Klerk was an opportunity he couldn't turn down.
"This was probably one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make so far in my career. However, having spent a short time with the Sharks last season, I know where the club wants to go and what everyone at Sale is building towards. It is something I definitely want to be a part of!” Janse van Rensburg said.
“I'm looking forward to seeing everybody at Carrington and can't wait to start working hard with the boys to make the club as strong as possible!"